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With a historic program that is a prohibitive favorite to be in the national tournament every year, it becomes difficult to earmark one season over another as best. This year is no different for the Georgetown College volleyball team. The Tigers were ranked in the Top 15 all season, reaching as high as No. 8 during a stretch of 13 straight wins. Injures mounted and made the postseason a difficult road, but GC played hard in Sioux City, Iowa. It ended much earlier than coach Nick Griffin or his team would have liked, but one thing is for sure, the accolades will not.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association has already started the wheel of postseason honors to trickle Georgetown's way.
For the second time in three years a Tiger assistant has been honored as the Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Felicia Pace, in her third season with GC, was selected as the 2016 honoree.
Shawnee State University men's basketball did all it could in the final 20 minutes to put a tally in the Mid-South Conference win column. However, Georgetown College weathered the storm in large part to big second chance points from Chris Coffey. The Tigers enter a two-week break for finals and holidays with an 81-73 win over the Bears.
The sophomore had a double-double, 11 points and 10 rebounds. Six of those boards were offensive and three of those came in a stretch when the No. 2 Tigers (11-1, 3-0) desperately needed a spark.
"Chris had some big put backs for us today," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "We need to learn how to sustain our energy and sustain our focus and do a better job of doing what we do in practice every single day."
A youthful team will have its growing pains, it is how it processes, learns and moves forward from those that matter. Georgetown College women's basketball finishes up its first semester play Tuesday with a trip to Berea College. Then a small break in the action for finals and holidays to see where the team with 11 freshmen and sophomores with a junior and a senior develop from the tough stretch the team is coming off.
Saturday was the final game inside the Mid-South Conference until Jan. 9. Unfortunately it came against recent perennial power Shawnee State University. The Tigers (3-6, 0-3) had it close early and a couple of baskets from Kennedy Flynn made it interesting midway through the second quarter. However, the Bears (12-0, 3-0) closed on a 13-3 run and never looked. They won 84-66.
Georgetown College women's and men's basketball teams tip it up Saturday in the Lace It Up 4 Pediatric Cancer games against Shawnee State University. At the same time, the Georgetown community will be celebrating Santa coming to town with its annual Christmas parade.
Fans this will not cause problems getting to the 2 or 4 pm games, however, leaving might be tricky. At this time we are advising those coming to the games to park in the gravel lot, the Hambrick lot (both off Military), the Pit (lot across from Hambrick on other side of Military), or off Jackson Street in order to be able to exit and avoid the blocked off roads and downtown traffic.
Georgetown College volleyball had a lot to figure out this season after graduating six valuable seniors from the 2015 team. The youthful crew did not need much time to establish a new chemistry, working the way up the rankings and eventually being as high as No. 8 for nearly a month. The No. 11 Tigers (29-10) had a streak of 13 straight wins, highlighted by a four-set home victory over then No. 3 Lindsey Wilson College.
Unfortunately a string of tough luck led to a surprising end Thursday afternoon. GC dropped its third match to No. 6 Eastern Oregon University, finishing the 2016 NAIA National Volleyball Championship pool play winless. The Mountaineers (31-2) won Pool F with a 25-16, 25-18, 26-24 win over Georgetown.
"Teams make it to Iowa for a reason and this was a tough year for us here," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "We had a shot and that is all you can ask for. I'm very proud of the overall season we had and the things we accomplished for being so young."
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